By Joshua Farnsworth

Every project has different requirements for assembling, gluing, and clamping, but these videos can help with some basic tips. It’s important to have plenty of clamps so you don’t miss clamping a vital area of a project.

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9.1 Fastening

I used to think that using nails, and other fasteners, wasn’t part of traditional woodworking. But then I took a week-long class at Roy Underhill’s “Woodwright School” and learned that cut nails and other fasteners is actually very traditional. And it’s appropriate for attaching tongue and grooved bottoms to chests and boxes. So now I love using cut nails! Traditional woodworking guru, Christopher Schwarz, talks about his use of cut nails in this interesting article. He also shares this video about how to prepare your cut nails to improve performance:

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9.2 Gluing

Sure, this video is a bit cheesy, but has some fairly useful tips…I’ll share my own video shortly:

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9.3 Using Traditional Animal Hide Glue

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9.4 Clamping

VIDEO: Here’s an introduction to different types of clamps. You can also see my clamps buying guide video and page.

Titebond (who makes Titebond 3, my glue of choice) shared this great video on appropriate clamping practices:

Shortcut to 10 steps: